Pohjalainen neliö

Country: Pohjanmaa, Finland
Type: set dance
Formation: any number of couples, facing point A:


                  D ---------- A
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                  C ---------- B


Steps: polkka, side-steps
Music: (CD) Katrillaten 2, track 27.

    Dance progression
1-4 (a) Couple 1 stands at point A, waltz or polkka hold, M facing into square. Couple 1, beginning with ML/WR, dances with 8 side-steps from point A to point B.
5-8   Couple 1 turns 1/4 turn CCW so that M has back to square, and dances 8 side-steps, starting MR/WL, from point B to point C.
9-16 (b) Couple 1 now dances polkka, turning CW, and moving from point C to point B. Finish with M facing into square.
1-8   Couple 1 dances sidesteps from point B to point C, turn 1/4 turn, and dance sidesteps from C to D.
Meanwhile, couple 2 dances sidesteps from A to B, turn 1/4 turn, and dance sidesteps from B to C.
9-16   Couple 1 dances polkka from D to C, while couple 2 dances polkka from C to B.
1-8   Couple 1 dances sidesteps from point C to point D, and leaves the set..
Meanwhile, couple 2 dances sidesteps from B to C, and C to D, and couple 3 dances sidesteps from A to B, and B to C.
9-16   Couple 2 dances polkka from D to C, while couple 3 dances polkka from C to B.
    At each repeat of bars 1-8, a new couple begins dancing sidesteps from A to B, etc. As each couple reaches point D on the first set of sidesteps, they retire from the set.
Can be danced with 2 couples on each side of the square simultaneously, if many couples are dancing. When 2 couples dance simultaneously, they can proceed side by side from A to B, and one after the other from B to C, and again side by side from C to D.

Source: taught by Martti Vanhapelto, in Portland OR, October 10-11, 1987.
Printed source: Rausmaa, Pirkko-Liisa & Esko Tanhuvakka. Porvoo: W Söderström, 1977. p. 219.
Description: Laine Ruus, Vancouver, 1987-10.
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2012-11-21.


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